On March 25, 2020, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced the selection of 40 multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects to receive $37 million under its Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 grant programs.
Of the $37 million, approximately $24 million was awarded to 19 projects statewide through the Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant Program. Approximately $7 million was awarded to seven projects through the Proposition 1 Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program to projects that directly benefit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Approximately $6 million was awarded to 14 projects through the Proposition 68 Rivers and Streams Grant Program.
While California faces numerous challenges related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), CDFW will continue to administer its grant programs and will implement awarded grant projects while working with grantees to incorporate necessary accommodations under these circumstances.
“We are all currently going to get through this public health emergency together. In the longer term, this year’s awards represent a visionary effort to invest in our ecosystems statewide which will outlast our current challenges,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham.
“These awards represent our focus on continuing necessary support for our restoration partners in local government, Tribes, nongovernmental organizations and communities who support these efforts, which is why we wanted to keep this business going in this difficult time with the announcement of these awards,” he added.
The awarded projects represent priorities outlined in the solicitation, as well as the California Water Action Plan, State Wildlife Action Plan, Sacramento Valley Salmon Resiliency Strategy, Delta Plan, California EcoRestore, Safeguarding California Plan, the California Biodiversity Initiative and the fulfillment of CDFW’s mission.
The following projects were funded through the Proposition 1 Watershed Grant Program.
- Wagner Forest Conservation Easement ($5,000,000 to Northcoast Regional Land Trust)
- Ocean Song Conservation Project – Myers Property Acquisition ($2,423,431 to LandPaths)
- Snell Valley Ranch Conservation Easement ($1,337,500 to Land Trust of Napa County)
- Mountain Meadows Conservation Project-Phase 2 ($1,342,449 to The Trust for Public Land)
- Wright Ranch Conservation Easement Acquisition Project ($821,393 to Sierra Foothill Conservancy)
- Butte Creek Water Right Acquisition ($791,892 to Friends of Butte Creek)
- Trout Creek Restoration Reaches 4 and 5 ($2,310,000 to Town of Truckee)
- Napa River Restoration: Oakville to Oak Knoll, Group D ($2,235,000 to County of Napa)
- Bear Creek Lower Meadow Restoration ($1,357,606 to Truckee River Watershed Council)
- Cochran Creek (Humboldt Bay) Fish Passage and Habitat Rehabilitation Implementation Project ($996,986 to California Trout, Inc.)
- Llano Seco/M&T Ranch Cone Fish Screen Project ($895,701 to Family Water Alliance)
- Middle Stewart Canyon Creek Restoration Project ($864,317 to City of Ojai)
- Escondido Creek Watershed Invasive Plant Control, Restoration and Fire Prevention Program ($552,097 to The Escondido Creek Conservancy)
- Golden Trout Wilderness – Kern Plateau Meadows Restoration Planning Project ($834,799 to Trout Unlimited)
- Atascadero Creek Sedimentation Analysis and Fish Passage Restoration 65 Percent Design Project ($551,220 to Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District)
- Making the Most of the Urban Landspace: Habitat Restoration and Stormwater Banking for Coho Recovery and Watershed Health in the San Geronimo Valley (536,091 to Salmon Protection and Watershed Network)
- Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Invasive Species Removal and Restoration Plan ($520,168 to County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation)
- Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Planning ($405,828 to Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority)
- The Alamo and New Rivers Riparian Habitat Restoration Planning and Permitting Project ($321,332 to River Partners)
The following projects were funded through the Proposition 1 Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program.
- Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project ($1,350,000 to Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District)
- Analysis of opportunities for island-wide improvements that includes a mosaic of multiple land uses for subsidence reversal, sustainable agricultural practices, carbon sequestration, water quality and habitat restoration ($1,131,942 to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)
- Interior Delta Export Effects Study ($1,689,432 to State Water Contractors)
- Ecosystem Engineering Impacts of Water Primrose in the Delta ($952,844 to University of California, Merced)
- Identifying Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Toxins in Delta Invertebrates: Implications for Native Species and Human Health ($823,415 to San Francisco Estuary Institute)
- Impacts of storm-driven contaminants on larval delta smelt and the community scale adaptive capacity of prey items to handle those stressors ($659,991 to University of California, Davis)
- Willow Bend Floodplain Monitoring ($338,282 to River Partners)
The following projects were funded through the Proposition 68 Rivers and Streams Grant Program.
- East Fork Scott – Meadow Enhancement and Large Woody Debris Addition ($92,299 to U.S. Forest Service – Klamath National Forest)
- Riprap and Ditch Removal to Restore Merced River Riparian and Meadow Habitat ($293,933 to Yosemite National Park)
- Restoring Riparian Habitat for Native Aquatic Species in Southern Sierra Watersheds ($264,442 to Yosemite National Park)
- Final Fish Passage Design for the I-5 and Metrolink barriers in Trabuco Creek ($1,499,499 to California Trout, Inc.)
- Russian River Floodplain Restoration Planning Grant ($717,900 to Endangered Habitats Conservancy)
- Final Design for Santa Margarita River Fish Passage Project and Bridge Replacement ($714,865 to California Trout, Inc.)
- Lower Sutter Bypass Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Planning ($500,000 to River Partners)
- Upper Rose Bar Restoration Project: Planning ($365,157 to South Yuba River Citizens League)
- Lakeville Creek Restoration Project, Phase 1 Planning ($332,495 to Sonoma Land Trust)
- Lagunitas Creek Watershed Enhancement Plan ($300,000 to Marin Municipal Water District)
- Advancing Fish Passage in the Little Shasta Watershed ($292,405 to California Trout, Inc.)
- Sulphur Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project – 100 Percent Designs ($220,000 to California Trout, Inc.)
- Chadd Creek Fish Passage Enhancement Planning Project ($189,780 to Humboldt County Public Works
- Tenmile Creek Bridge Design Project ($169,945 to Eel River Watershed Improvement Group (ERWIG)
The awards, totaling $37 million, were made under CDFW’s 2020 Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 Grant Opportunities Proposal Solicitation Notice. General information about CDFW’s Prop. 1 and Prop. 68 Restoration Grant Programs, as well as a schedule for upcoming grant solicitations, once available, can be found at wildlife.ca.gov/grants.
Funding for these projects comes from Prop. 1 and Prop. 68 bond funds, a portion of which are allocated annually through the California State Budget Act. More information about Prop. 1 and Prop. 68 can be found on the California Natural Resources Agency website.
Featured photo of wetland courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.